SEATTLE — A home in north Seattle was riddled with bullets during a drive-by shooting on Friday, according to Seattle police.
Surveillance video shows a dark SUV driving up to the home, firing nine shots and speeding away. Six of the gunshots hit the home and a vehicle. At least one bullet pierced multiple walls of the home, including one gunshot that traveled all the way through to the garage.
“I went numb. This didn’t really happen did it?” said the homeowner. “I’m fearful because I don’t know who it would be that would get that angry.”
The couple had a “thin blue line American flag” in their yard, meant to show support for the Seattle Police Department. They believe the display is connected to the shooting and say there were problems in the past.
“About twice a week someone was coming by and saying derogatory remarks saying take it down. I didn’t argue with anybody,” the victim said.
The couple had filed a police report for harassment. “ACAB” and “Black Lives Matter” were also painted in front of the home.
The homeowners replaced a large flag with a smaller flag with a similar display, hoping that would deescalate the situation. After the shooting, Seattle police officers told them it wasn’t safe to keep it hanging.
“The police said as much as we appreciate your support, we tell our families don’t fly them.”
They knew supporting law enforcement might draw in some criticism but say they never would have imagined that a display could almost get them killed.
“Everybody has an opinion and we’re entitled to it. You don’t shoot me for it!”
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